- to seek to expel (an evil spirit) by adjuration or religious or solemn ceremonies: to exorcise a demon.
- to free (a person, place, etc.) of evil spirits or malignant influences.
Origin of exorcise
Examples from the Web for exorcised
Though it was exorcised and is now caged, it apparently still moves about and growls at visitors.Beware: Connecticut’s Museum of the Occult May Kill You
July 3, 2014
CEOs may not get too exorcised about a falling stock price or declining market share.‘Abercrombie’ Lawsuit: Why CEOs Love Their Jets
October 19, 2012
But it seemed to have exorcised many of the demons haunting the lithe and fair actress.Anne Heche’s Crazy New Movie, ‘That’s What She Said’
October 19, 2012
They sent out of the city for a famous exorcist, who exorcised the spirit for a week.The Phantom World
They were like haunting shapes; they could not be exorcised.Under Western Eyes
Let him be once exorcised and the ills of humanity are gone.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice
The ever-present fear that had haunted her had been exorcised.The Girl on the Boat
Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
The words are repeated year after year, but the enemies refuse to be exorcised.Short Studies on Great Subjects
James Anthony Froude
Word Origin and History for exorcised
c.1400, "to invoke spirits," from Old French exorciser (14c.), from Late Latin exorcizare, from Greek exorkizein "banish an evil spirit; bind by oath" (see exorcism).
Sense of "calling up evil spirits to drive them out" became dominant 16c. A rare case where -ise trumps -ize on both sides of the Atlantic, perhaps by influence of exercise. Related: Exorcised; exorcising.